Democratic Republic of the Congo
The DRC is one of the most important countries globally for conservation. Here, we partner with the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature and the European Union to support communities in improving their livelihoods while curbing threats like poaching, bushmeat hunting, and habitat fragmentation. We are the longest-running "boots on the ground" conservation organization in two critical landscapes, working closely with the government to lay a solid conservation foundation.
We improve community well-being through sustainable livelihood strategies that slow forest degradation and fragmentation. Our activities include:
- Promoting sustainable livelihoods through skills-building and entrepreneurship workshops
- Training in sustainable agriculture and fishing practices
- Supporting anti-poaching law enforcement by strengthening capacity and providing resources, as well as promoting cross-border collaboration
- Developing eco-monitoring systems through training and tools for tracking and spatial analysis
- Infrastructure development in protected areas (operational bases, radio stations, roads, an airport runway, and more)
AWF in Action
Conserving the Congo Basin rainforest to benefit the globe
Ramping up anti-poaching and wildlife law enforcement
We help keep eyes on the forest, assisting with ranger recruitment and training while providing financial and technical support for patrols. In Bili-Uele, we helped the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (which acts as the country’s wildlife authority) create a rapid-response anti-poaching team of 42 eco-guards.
Reducing unsustainable agriculture practices in Bili-Uele
Slash-and-burn agriculture is one of the greatest threats facing this landscape. Starting in 2021, we began a program to sensitize local communities to the benefits of farming sustainability. Farmers are reporting higher yields and a better understanding of why protecting biodiversity is important to their everyday lives.
Applying GIS technology for conservation decision-making
Fragmentation and other threats to bonobo populations—forest conversion to agriculture and roads, as well as human encroachment into forests—can be mapped using long-term satellite imagery. Integrated with detailed information from ground surveys, the spatial data acquired enables us to create models that predict and track pressures on the land such as hunting activity.
We work with the people of Democratic Republic of Congo for wildlife. Our strategic, implementing, and funding partners include:
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Wildlife We Are Protecting
By the Numbers
41,000 Number of hectares protected and/or with improved conservation status due to AWF interventions beginning in 2016
13,979 Number of people benefiting from AWF's conservation efforts
3 of 3 Wildlife populations supported by AWF that are stable/increasing